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Approximately two million head injuries occur each year in the United States. Most traumatic brain injuries occur in individuals between the ages of 15-24, although the risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury also increases after the age of 60. The four most common causes for brain injury are car accidents, falls, assaults and blows to the head.

In the state of Iowa, there are thousands of injuries reported each year, and one of the most debilitating is traumatic brain injury. It is estimated that more than 50,000 people die as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in America annually. Those who survive TBI are left with neuropsychological impairments that result in disabilities that affect work life, family life, and social activity.

There are several different types of brain injuries and each of them is different in terms or severity and rehabilitation ability.

Acquired brain injury occurs on a cellular level, when the brain is denied oxygen or blood supply for a period of time. Acquired brain injury can happen as the result of asphyxiation, stroke, heart attack or near-drowning incident. In contrast, traumatic brain injury can indicate anything from a fracture to penetration of the skull. An open head injury is when the skull is penetrated; a closed head injury is when the skull sustains a blow or jolt, either form striking something or being stricken by something.

There is another form of traumatic brain injury called deceleration, in which the skull stops moving very suddenly, but the brain inside it does not. This can lead to bruising, bleeding and swelling of the brain.

In some cases, traumatic brain injury is not detected until well after the accident or impact occurs. In these cases, swelling and bleeding into and around the brain may have already taken place. Brain injuries are typically classified as mild, moderate, and severe, and the effects can be short-term, lifelong, or fatal.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident that results in brain injury, you should hire an Iowa brain injury lawyer or attorney to help you determine whether or not you may have an actionable claim. Although there is nothing that can be done to reverse your brain injury, or its devastating effects on your well-being, the culpable parties involved in your accident can be held accountable. If your brain injury can be determined to have been caused by the negligence of another individual or party, you have a right to know. You also have a right to seek financial compensation for that injury—not only for your medical costs and lost wages, but also for any pain or potential long-term effects that stemmed from the brain injury.

Brain injuries are not always the easiest type of injury to assess. Since the brain is such an extremely complex organ, and since injuries to it can affect many different aspects of bodily function, from motor skills and coordination to cognitive processes, it may be hard to determine whether an accident has caused a brain injury or not. This is one of the many reasons that brain injuries are so devastating to both the victim and their families.

Contact a brain injury lawyer or attorney as soon as possible after your accident, as the statute of limitations to file your claim in the state of Iowa is two years. Procrastinating could be costly and it could hinder your case in many ways. When searching for a brain injury lawyer or attorney, look for one who has specific experience litigating brain injury cases. To locate an experienced and successful brain injury lawyer or attorney in Iowa, please visit the American Bar Association website.

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